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Staff Sergeant Walter E. Curtis



Staff Sergeant (SSG) Walter E. Curtis was killed in action on
July 1,1944 while assigned to the 133th Infantry Regiment, 134th Infantry Division (Red Bull).  He was shot and killed by a sniper in Cecina Italy. The three soldiers who were with him at the time of his death located the sniper and killed him. SSG Curtis was awarded the Purple Heart medal for the wounds that he received in action that resulted in his death.

Walter E. Curtis was raised in Randall, Minnesota by his mother Cora and Uncle Ed Davis. Not much is known about his father.  His Uncle Ed owned the property where the St. James Catholic Church in Randall is now located.  The house where he grew up was where the current St. James Catholic Church rectory is located.   He was an only child and graduated from the Little Falls High School in Little Falls, Minnesota. His mother was a longtime school teacher at the Randall School.

Walter E. Curtis was active in 4H and showed a Brown Swiss Bull purchased by his Uncle at the Morrison County Fair.  The story goes that Uncle Ed Davis always rode a white horse into the pasture.  One day the bull charged the horse and knocked the horse to the ground. Fortunately Uncle Ed was not hurt when he also hit the ground.  It was not long after the incident that the bull was sold to a local slaughterhouse.

He married Betty Sanders before enlisting in the military in 1941. They did not have any children and the whereabouts of his wife after his death is unknown.

SSG Walter E. Curtis is buried in the Randall City Cemetery.